Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce HUGO CROSTHWAITE: TIJUAS! (Death March, Tijuana Bibles and Other Legends), on view from November 9 through December 21, 2019. This will be the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the Gallery. An Artist's Reception will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hugo Crosthwaite has spent much of his adult life working on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, observing and documenting the extraordinary ebb and flow of humanity that makes this region one of the most existentially dynamic places on the North American continent. In Tijuas!, Crosthwaite will present selections from several bodies of work that continue his exploration of this ever-evolving culture, among them the Tijuana Bibles, a new series of animated videos and books, recent graphite-and-ink on canvas and panel paintings, new Tijuanerias ink drawings, and Death March, a phenomenal and monumental work that preceded his celebrated performative murals. This will be the first time this work will be presented since it was commissioned in 2010 for Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Concurrently, Crosthwaite's work will be included in The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, a major exhibition premiering at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, October 26, 2019 through August 30, 2020. The exhibit will present works by nearly 50 finalists, including seven artists shortlisted for prizes. As the first-prize winner, Crosthwaite will receive a cash award of $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a notable living person for the museum's permanent collection. The winner of the 2016 triennial exhibition was Amy Sherald.
Hugo Crosthwaite was born 1971 in Tijuana, Mexico and graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a BA in Applied Arts. Crosthwaite lives and works in San Diego, CA and Rosarito, Mexico. His works are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; San Diego Museum of Art, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL, UA Art Gallery, Little Rock, AK; and numerous private collections around the world.